Worldwide Mobile phone sales up 35% in recent quarter

Worldwide mobile phone sales rose 35 percent to 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, when compared to the same period in 2009, according to a Gartner report released this week.

The strong growth in overall mobile phone sales was largely attributable to the double-digit growth of smartphone sales in mature markets.

The research firm says smartphone sales were 80.5 million units, an increase of 96 per cent from the third quarter of 2009. Smartphones accounted for 19.3 percent of overall sales in the July to September timeframe, up from 13.3 percent last year.

Among manufacturers, Nokia remained the market leader with sales of 117.4 million units despite a whopping decline in market share from 36.7% in the third quarter of 2009 to 28.2% in the thrid quarter of 2010. Rounding out the top five in unit sales was Samsung (71.7 million), LG (27.5 million), Apple (13.5 million) and Research in Motion (11.9 million).

In the smartphone OS market, Android and Apple were the winners in the third quarter of 2010 (see Table below). Android moved to the No. 2 by increasing its market share seven fold over the same quarter last year.

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